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Between violent and non-violent action strategies : a study on extreme-right organizations in Italy and Spain

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Caiani, Manuela; Borri, Rossella

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Corporate Editor Institut für Höhere Studien (IHS), Wien
Abstract This paper focuses on the different forms of action adopted by extreme right organizations (both political parties and non-party groups) in Italy and Spain during their recent mobilization and links them to the environmental conditions and internal organizational factors which might affect them. With particular attention paid to the actors’ perceptions of reality, the macro-level factors (such as the favourable or unfavourable political opportunities of the context, the availability of allies in power, the degree of repression by authorities, etc.) as well as the meso-level factors (such as the internal characteristics of extreme right groups and their dynamics) will be explored in order to understand the action strategies of extreme right organizations and their recourse to violence. This paper, drawing on a combination of qualitative and quantitative research techniques, will be based on 20 semi-structured interviews with extreme right representatives of the main right wing organizations in Italy and Spain as well as a protest event analysis of newspapers dating from 2005 to 2009. close
Keywords Italy; Spain; political right; social movement; violence; propensity to violence; right-wing radicalism; political strategy; organizational structure
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Method qualitative empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
City Wien
Page/Pages 30 p.
Series Reihe Politikwissenschaft / Institut für Höhere Studien, Abt. Politikwissenschaft, 130
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications